Cut Vishwaroopam


Most Urdu papers appear to back the idea of Muslim groups exerting their right to advocate "cuts" in movies in order to help "amity". Rashtriya Sahara, in an editorial on January 30, says; "Muslims are often portrayed as villains in films... and if, like other filmmakers in the past who previewed their movies for Muslim groups and then made cuts and ensured that the film worked, Kamal Haasan too had made the desired cuts, it would have been a better solution."

Inquilab, in an editorial on January 31, says; "it is clear from this incident that Muslims are generally tainted in films regarding crime and terror... the controversy obviously has a business angle and a political angle." The political angle, claims the newspaper, is that Haasan had praised Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and therefore incurred Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's wrath. But, it says, "handi musalmaanon ke hi sar pe phodi jaa rahi hai (only the Muslims are being scapegoated)".

The colour of terror

The daily Rahnuma-e-Deccan, in its editorial on January 23, writes: "We salute the courage of [home minister Sushilkumar] Shinde who, for the first time... has accepted that forces trying to make India a Hindu rashtra are involved in terrorist activities. His courage has to be saluted, as his statement comes at a time when, following a riot in Dhule in Maharashtra, conspiracies are being hatched to wrongly implicate young Muslims in terrorist cases." The daily Siasat,in its editorial on January 21, writes: "This is not merely a verbal allegation... against other political parties or organisations. Shinde has given this statement in his capacity as the country's home minister and it expresses the view of the Indian government... The Central government's duty does not end with the revelation that terrorism is being promoted in training camps run by the RSS and the BJP. It must now impose restrictions on the RSS and the BJP and act against the illegal training camps."

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